What Are the Effects of Hard Water on Glassware?
Learn what causes water spots on your glassware, how to remove them, and how to prevent them from happening again
What Causes Hard Water Spots?
Hard water is water that contains dissolved minerals, like calcium and magnesium. The level of hardness depends on the amount of dissolved minerals in the water. The higher the mineral level in water, the harder the water.
It’s common for people with private wells to have hard water, but those on city water could have hard water too. Municipalities may reduce water hardness, but they often don’t eliminate the hardness minerals completely, so even city water could be hard. If you have city water, check the report from your municipality to learn the hardness level of your water. If you have a private well, have your water tested to find out the hardness.
To determine if you have hard water and how hard it is, contact your local Kinetico dealer for a free water test.
Hard water can cause a variety of issues in your home, like:
- Dry or itchy skin
- Unmanageable hair
- Failing water-using appliances like water heaters or dishwashers
- Dull or faded laundry
- Soap Scum
Another common sign of hard water is water spots on glassware. Do you have to wipe down wine or water glasses before using them? If you wash your glassware and leave it out to dry, do you later see water spots? What you’re seeing and experiencing is probably the effects of hard water.
When hard water evaporates, it leaves behind dissolved minerals, like calcium, in the form of unattractive spots. You may also notice these water spots on glass shower doors, fixtures, dishes and your car after you wash it.
Not sure how hard your water is? Contact your local Kinetico dealer for a free water test.
How to Remove Hard Water Spots from Glass
There are plenty of home remedies to remove water spots from your glassware, mirrors, or windows. One of the most common ways to remove hard water spots is to use vinegar. Vinegar makes a great cleaner for glass and can help remove hard water spots without streaking. Simply spray the surface with vinegar or a vinegar-water combination, and wipe with a cloth.
There are plenty of other products you can buy to help clean up water spots left by hard water. Simply check out the cleaning section in any store.
How To Avoid Hard Water Spots
Instead of reacting to water spots, stop them from happening in the first place. When you remove hardness minerals from water, you prevent hard water mineral deposits from appearing on glass and other surfaces. A water softening system is the best option for treating hard water. Using a process called ion exchange, water softeners replace the hardness ions in water (calcium and magnesium) with softer sodium ions. Soft water is easier on your fixtures, water-using appliances, clothes and glassware. In fact, it is better for all things that come in contact with water in your home – even you.
Kinetico offers a variety of water softener options to give you the best water quality possible.
Find out your water’s hardness and discuss the water treatment solutions that will work best for you. Contact your local Kinetico dealer today.
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